Kris Meeke

Early exit for Kris in Mexico

Friday, 6th March 2015 - by Site Admin
Early exit for Kris in Mexico

Kris has endured a painful first full day on Rally Mexico – as early promise and a fastest stage time on the first proper test was soon followed by an accident that forced him out of the fight for victory.

The third round of the FIA World Rally Championship actually started yesterday, with a couple of superspecial stages. However, the event proper began this morning, with gravel stages that were expected to sweep clean, giving crews running slightly further down the order a traction advantage.

Kris and his co-driver Paul Nagle started the morning’s first test in sixth overall after the two superspecials, but they soon put their running order advantage to good use, taking their DS 3 to the fastest time to move into third overall. With the day’s longest stage next – and it expected to sweep clean to an even greater extent – hopes were high in the number 3 DS for a repeat fastest time, and perhaps the overall event lead.

However, early in the stage Kris was caught out under braking for a corner. He slid wide and touched one of the unforgiving rocks on the edge of the road. The resulting damage to the track control arm put him out on the spot – although Citroen Racing is planning to restart him tomorrow so he’ll at least get further experience of the Mexican stages.

Kris said, ‘It’s bitterly disappointing. I just braked too late into a fast right, which was followed by a tight left. We got off line and just couldn’t get it back, so we never made the left-hander. We clipped a rock on the outside and that was it.

‘I’m at a bit of a loss to explain it right now. The road was slippery, but I was just too late on the brakes. The specific goal today was to not make a mistake, so I’m really angry with myself. Now we just have to get back on the road tomorrow and learn as much as possible.’

There are still two more days of action to run in Mexico, giving Kris the opportunity to overcome his frustration and potentially set further fast times.